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5.0 out of 5 stars Slip into the parallel world of the Wind Up Bird, 24 Feb 2005
This review is from: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Paperback)
From one of Japan's most famous authors, Haruki Murakami, the novelist of "Norwegian Wood" and "Sputnik Sweetheart", comes one of his more well known stories - "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle".
For thirty-something Tokyo-bound man, Toru Okada, life couldn't get much worse. He leaves his job in law. The cat runs away from home. The disappearance of his wife Kumiko soon ensues. But life is about to get a whole lot worse...and a whole lot stranger. What is the significance of this bad luck? Why does the "hanging house" seem to be calling him? Has it all got something to do with the wind-up bird, that is always heard but never seen.

This novel takes the word "surrealism" to a whole new level! Never have i been so perplexed and confused by a book composed of tales of misfortune and journies of the soul, all fitting into one man's life. But neither have i been so intrigued by such mysterious book. Strangely enough, this is definitely one heck of a page turner, even though the story will throw most readers and the puzzle pieces of the "wind-up bird" tale will be uncomplete by the story's conclusion. The answers are there. You just have to look for them.
It's hard to describe the book in a few words - "surreal", "compelling" and "mystifying" spring to mind - but it goes much deeper... It is a tale of deep emotions of loneliness, love, loss, hatred and of dreams and visions, fulfilling some unknown purpose.
The book features many weird characters, but have their own unique charm, be they good or possibly evil. Murakami goes into great depth with these people, which i love.
Sharp as a hawk's eye, Murakami sets the story is crystal clear backdrops of the Tokyo streets, with endless roads and topless buildings. It seems so real. So vibrant.
Looking for a short book with simple charcters and plot, you are looking in the wrong place. If you prefer something very different that you can be pensive about and will send emotions skywards, pick up "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle" now. You will be haunted forever...
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